PV-JOBS participants who had attained 3,000 and 1,500 hours of employment were honored Saturday, November 5th, in commencement exercises and a Milestone Awards Ceremony at Playa Vista Concert Park.

PV-JOBS was created in 1998 to provide career-track opportunities in construction to at-risk persons with at least one of the following “barriers”: had a history of substance abuse, a low income, a history of involvement with the justice system, or no high school diploma; or was homeless, a welfare recipient, unemployed or a single parent.

Initially started to assist the Playa Vista development, PV-JOBS now is active with other major construction projects in the area, urging that a portion of construction jobs be set aside for the at-risk population.

PV-JOBS assists developers in finding such potential employees and helping the at-risk employees keep such positions.

Currently, PV-JOBS works with the Playa Vista project, Trammell Crow’s 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City, Los Angeles City Department of Public Works projects, and the Los Angeles Community College District on the Proposition A and AA bond projects.

PV-JOBS is also in negotiation with other major projects in the area for additional placement opportunities.

PV-JOBS is working with 60 organizations.

To date, almost 6,000 clients have been referred to PV-JOBS and about 2,000 positions have been filled with PV-JOBS clients during the past five years.

PV-JOBS has become a model that is being utilized throughout the City of Los Angeles to improve our community.

Attending the November 5th event were Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Bernard Parks, Congresswoman Jane Harman, Playa Vista president Steve Soboroff and PV-Jobs executive director Ernest Roberts.

VENICE COMMUNITY TRUST — The Venice Community Trust elected its first board members Thursday, November 3rd.

The new board members are Daryl Barnett, Eileen Erickson, Denise Fast, Deborah Glusker, Jodi Gusek, Victoria Blyth Hill, Arnold Springer, Carolyn Ward, and Chris Williams.

A larger advisory board was also elected, including Alexa Adamo, Aldis Browne, David Buchanan, Stephen Douglas, Robert Feist, Dennis Gibbens, Jim Hubbard, Carol Incontro, Elizabeth McMillian, Lansing Moran, Maria Munroe, Mary Richert, Daniel Samakow, Gene Siegrist, Jeffrey Solomon and Emily Winters.

The Venice Community Trust intends to reach out to individual donors and corporations to encourage their giving and underwriting so that works of art can be installed in our public spaces, in our parks, on our walls, and in our libraries.

The trust will also ask donors to make a wide variety of gifts, such as paintings, manuscripts, historical photographs and oral histories.

Under the aegis of the trust, donations will also be solicited for display in public institutions throughout Los Angeles, on the condition that they may be made available from time to time to appropriate public exhibitions in and around Venice.

More than 70 artists, designers, and businesses have donated prizes to a raffle that will be held Sunday, May 21st, to benefit the trust, which has an ultimate goal of memorializing Venice as a cultural model on DVDs to be distributed to our schools.

The trust is working to sell 1,000 tickets and raise $100,000, but if fewer tickets are sold, the cash grand prize will be ten percent of the raffle ticket proceeds.

Information about the Venice Community Trust, Aldis Browne, (310) 301-6976.


BIRTHDAY BASH — This year is the Centennial for Venice, a community founded July 4th, 1905, when Abbot Kinney realized his dream of creating “Venice of America.”

The Pioneer Bakery, which opened in Santa Monica in 1907, moved to Abbot Kinney’s Venice ten years later. The bakery and the community Abbot Kinney founded grew up together.

An “Abbot Kinney Birthday Bash,” a celebration to mark the importance of both local treasures — Abbot Kinney and the Pioneer Bakery — is scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, November 12th, at the Pioneer Bakery building, 502 Rose Avenue, Venice.

The band called “Venice” will perform a two-hour acoustical set and “A Taste of Venice” will feature the cuisine of local restaurants.

Guests can enjoy the music by the band close-up or on large plasma screens in the dining area as the concert is simulcast. The event is co-sponsored by the Venice Centennial, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, Pioneer Bakery, members of the band Venice, the Venice Community Trust, and Venice Arts.

Proceeds from the Abbot Kinney Birthday Bash will go to restore and re-create the Venice Trestle Sign which hung over Windward Avenue at Pacific Avenue from the start of the Venice community through its glory days.

Once it settled in Venice, Pioneer Bakery never moved from its spot on Rose Avenue. Its roots deepened in the Los Angeles area, even beyond baking delicious bread. Members of the world-famous musical Lennon family — the Lennon Sisters made famous on the Lawrence Welk Show — drove Pioneer Bakery trucks.

In fact, two of the members of the band Venice are younger brothers of the Lennon Sisters.

“This is especially poignant for our family” said John B. Garacochea, part of the original family that founded Pioneer Bakery and has maintained continuous ownership.

“This concert and birthday party is our way of thanking the community for almost 90 years of patronage.”

When the Pioneer Bakery shuts its doors, it will make way for a new development that will be a mixed-use of condos, town homes, retail shops, and a Basque-themed cafÈ and bakery re-creating the original faÁade of the 1917-style Pioneer Bakery.

“We are really excited to give this concert as part of the Centennial year” said Mark Lennon, Venice band’s lead singer.

“Venice is not only the name of our band, it is where we are from and who we are. We have surfed at the breakwaters, skateboarded through the streets, and worked for Pioneer Bakery.”

General admission and VIP packages are available for the Birthday Bash at $20 and $100.

Details on the Birthday Bash can be found and tickets can be purchased online at


or by calling (310) 281-3162.

ROSE VISTA — Rose Vista was established in 1998 with the intention of providing emotional and critical support to expectant mothers who plan to place their babies for adoption.

Due to the current social environment, the Rose Vista board decided to expand the original mission to also provide a home and crucial support to women seeking to break the cycle of violence, abuse, and financial crises to make healthy changes.

Rose Vista will hold its eighth anniversary celebration at the Flight Path Museum, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Westchester, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 15th.

A reception, a silent auction, and a raffle will be held to benefit the Rose Vista Transitional Home. Information (310) 915-1179.

CHAMBER MIXER — The Venice Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Thanksgiving holiday mixer at Just Tantau, 1353 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 29th.

This is a wonderful opportunity to visit with your neighbors and other business persons as well as to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for guests. Information, (310) 822-5425.

LAPD TOY DRIVE — What better way to start off the holiday season than to donate a new toy for the annual Los Angeles Police Department ( LAPD) Pacific Area Toy Drive?

Once again, the Pacific Area LAPD sleigh will visit the Oakwood and Mar Vista Gardens communities, culminating in a holiday party in each community with a free toy for each and every child that attends.

This year, the Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice, will host its party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 16th.

The Mar Vista Gardens Community Center, 4909 Allin Drive, will host its party from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 17th.

Prior to the parties on each day, the sleigh will drive around the respective neighborhoods from 4 to 7 p.m.

In addition to the LAPD Pacific Area, the holiday parties will be sponsored by Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, city attorney Rocky Delgadillo, the Los Angeles City Fire Department, the Venice Chamber of Commerce, the Pacific Area Boosters Association, and many other generous supporters. The LAPD Pacific Community Police Station, 12312 Culver Blvd., Del Rey area, is accepting toys and checks made out to the “Pacific Area Boosters Association.”

Others things that are needed to make these events successful are volunteers to staff the events and help the kids, all of whom are able to choose a new toy and talk to Santa Claus. Donations of cookies and drinks are also needed.

If you would like to get involved, contact Gita ONeill at (310) 202-3825 or e-mail to goneill@atty.lacity.org

Mary Richert can be reached at mrichert@ucla.edu